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Death of Statesman by DNA-1 Death of Statesman by DNA-1
CITY of HEROES' most iconic hero, Statesman, met an untimely death in Chapter 5 of the game's first Signature Story Arc. To commemorate the solemn event, I was tasked with this painting of the funeral, which includes appearances by a rather large number of characters.

Statesman's former Freedom Phalanx teammates serve as pall bearers, and his granddaughter, Ms. Liberty, follows in a daze while flanked by her fellow Vindicators. Hero Corps and Longbow members look on, with a wide variety of Paragon's other heroes also in attendance.

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Given the RIDICULOUS number of characters to draw and the complexity of their costumes, I approached this one a little differently than normal. Instead of going straight to paint, I actually loaded up most of these specific models in the game editor, then meticulously posed and screen-capped each one. From there, I arranged them in proper perspective and corrected all the poses, before finally repainting everything under a consistent lighting scheme. Still a ton of work, but at least I got a detailed underpainting 'for free.'

Another interesting tidbit: this was the first time players got to see Penelope Yin in her new super-hero outfit (she's the girl in red and white, slightly behind the main funeral party). It was a blast watching people on the forums speculate about who she might be and why she got such prime placement in the composition. :)

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:iconssjester:
SSJester Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this arc. This piece fits it perfectly.
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:iconkyuuen:
200th favorite. Thank you for all of your work with this amazing game.
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:iconwpgal:
Hi David! I'm a CoH player of 7 years, and with CoH now being gone, I was thinking of creating a memorial-type website/fan site. I would LOVE to use this image, however, am worried about copyrights, etc., though I've seen it posted on a few Facebook pages. Can you let me know if I could use this image on the new site I'll be creating, and possibly on a Facebook page, etc.? Thanks in advance!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As far as I'm concerned, feel free to use anything you see on my page. You definitely have my permission.
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:iconwpgal:
That's awesome, thank you so much! I really appreciate it! :)
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:iconhugoluman:
Beta just went down, the last of all servers to close. We went out fighting the hordes of Hamidon in RWZ and Atlas.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:( You went out like heroes.
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:iconhugoluman:
Funnily enough, the last comment on the server was "50th bio tanker looking for any team"
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting!
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gwdill Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Your work is amazing! I bet this one took quite some time! :)
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